Auction Preview: Photographs, May 19, 2011 @Bonhams London

Following up on its New York Photographs sale earlier this week, Bonhams has another Photographs auction scheduled for London next week. The sale includes mostly lower end material, with few standouts that really caught my eye. Overall, there are a total of 102 lots on offer, with a Total High Estimate of £340900.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including £5000): 81
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): £155900

Total Mid Lots (high estimate between £5000 and £25000): 21
Total Mid Estimate: £185000

Total High Lots (high estimate above £25000): 0
Total High Estimate: NA

The top lot by High estimate is lot 56, Irving Penn, Five Dahomey Girls, Two Standing, 1967/1985, at £15000-20000. (Image at right, bottom, via Bonhams.)

Here is the list of the photographers who are represented by three or more lots in the sale (with the number of lots in parentheses):

Willy Ronis (12)
Horst P. Horst (5)
Edouard Boubat (4)
Mario Giacomelli (4)
Jürgen Schadeberg (4)
Jock Sturges (4)
Brassaï (3)
Robert Doisneau (3)
Erna Lendvai-Dircksen (3)
André Villers (3)

(Lot 77, Mario Testino, Kate Moss in Blue Cafe, 2005, at £1500-2000, image at right, middle, and lot 88, Luigi Ghirri, Mirrors, 1977, at £1000-1500, image at right, top, both via Bonhams.)

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

May 19th

101 New Bond Street
London W1S 1SR

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